Orange County Airport

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    Found this postcard while aimlessly searching eBay and my heart just dropped. This is the Orange County Airport that I remember as a kid. My very first ride on an airplane... AIR CALIFORNIA... the annual family trip to Disneyland. Of course, Orange County Airport... now known as John Wayne Airport... doesn't look this way anymore. Such a shame, this was some pretty cool architecture.

    megmccarron, BettinaBlue Designs, and 8 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. hmdavid 64 months ago | reply

      For background history on Orange County Airport, see...

      www.aerovintage.com/ksna.htm

    2. RandySV 64 months ago | reply

      Agree !!!

      I wish I saw it....................we used to take ole 99 to our anual Disneyland trip...................

      This airport probably looks way different with tons and tons of new Japanese cars !!!!!

    3. Lynne's Lens 64 months ago | reply

      This is fantastic. Is the mural still there?

    4. hmdavid 64 months ago | reply

      Nope... the mural is gone... but evidently in pieces somewhere in storage. See here...

      ochistorical.blogspot.com/2007/06/airport-fountain-valley...

    5. RoadsideArchitecture.com 64 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Mid-Century Architecture (Non-Residential), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    6. cathemoel 64 months ago | reply

      This building must have been wonderful to experience in person--its pretty great to experience the photo.

    7. pmadsidney 60 months ago | reply

      Not sure if you have the date on this but with the cars its at least 1967 with the Chevy wagon there.

    8. Brettmm 60 months ago | reply

      Is that the Eddie Martin Terminal? I faintly remember this old building when I used to fly out of John Wayne via PSA :O)

    9. archdoc 34 months ago | reply

      when I was a kid my sister and I would fly out of here frequently to visit our Mother in the SF Bay Area and after we moved up there, we would fly in to visit our Father between the early 70's and into the 80's. I didn't really appreciate it when I was a kid, as it had become quite dingy...the sprayed on acoustical ceilings were dirty and the outoor baggage carousel was a banged up mess. It was alway fun to walk across the tarmac to reach the planes though...Air California and Later AirCal 737's and the occasional Lockheed Electra. The Hughes Air West "Banana jets" (DC-9's) and PSA 727 (smile jets) were also common there. My Dad used to attribute the design to William Pereira but I haven't been able to verify it. I remember admiring those mosaic murals. It would be a shame if they were destroyed. That was a restaurant and bar with a balcony on the second floor. That was the Eddie Martin Terminal. It was built in 1967, the year I was born.

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